Political Animal


November 19, 2012 6:05 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

* Michael Kinsley conducts a long, insider-y interview with Tina Brown on the demise of the print version of Newsweek.

* WaPo’s Cillizza designates as the Worst Candidate of 2012: Rick Perry. Hard to argue with that.

* I’ve already done my taxonomy of post-election Republican rationalizations. Here’s Paul Begala’s.

* At Ten Miles Square, Aaron Carroll examines new research on the effectiveness of sin taxes.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer judges Scott Walker’s idea of linking college funding to preparation of graduates for current job “bad social engineering.”

And in non-political news:

* Winning NASCAR driver grants “buzzed” interview while guzzling from gigantic glass of beer. No “role model” guff for NASCAR drivers, it seems.

Ol’ Merle has a warning:


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • exlibra on November 19, 2012 7:23 PM:

    Regarding role models for NASCAR (and other drivers)... Our Kroger used to have: motorcycle- and car-related magazines, as well as the gun-related ones on the top shelf, while the two bottom shelves were proudly carrying a nice selection of beer. The connection was inescapable: a real man drinks, drives and shoots. Can't be all that many years ago, either, sine I still remember it :)

    "was warmaze"? wonder how the loaded rednecks navigated it...

  • Quaker in a Basement on November 19, 2012 7:37 PM:

    WaPo’s Cillizza designates as the Worst Candidate of 2012: Rick Perry. Hard to argue with that.

    Yeah, literally saying "Oops!" in front of a national audience is pretty epic.

  • mudwall jackson on November 19, 2012 9:58 PM:

    rick perry had some pretty tough competition. sinking to the bottom of this year's republican field takes real talent.

  • Don Hosek on November 19, 2012 10:45 PM:

    Umm. Rick Scott, not Scott Walker.

  • Hue & Cry on November 20, 2012 7:47 AM:

    The readers' comments that followed Paul Begala's article really showcased the bitter and ruined Republican base--what a bunch of angered tumbledowns.

    Sorry, but the Obama victory is delicious.

    "The music of the brook silenced all conversations."
    ~~~~Thomas Hood

  • T2 on November 20, 2012 9:12 AM:

    don't look now, but Rick Perry is hinting about another run in 2016. These GOPers....they just have no clue, do they?

    One other thought: old Merle was one handsome dude in his youth. Fair singer, too.